I have a 40" Masterbuilt LP gas smoker. It is very important to season your smoker before you do your first smoke.It burns the oils off from the manufacturing and it won't transfer a metalic taste to your meat. Plus it protects your smoker from rust on the inside. Kinda like a cast iron skillet.
I did my first smoke this last Saturday. I did the Candy Bacon for a friend's beer tasting party from the SMF news letter. The Candy Bacon was a hit!
Also get your self a inexpensive spiral note book and keep a record of your smoking experience.
I jot down things like weather conditions,wood chips I am using and oh yea the chips catching fire.
If you have the same smoker I do , get a 9" round Cast Iron skillet and place it over the chip tray to hold the chips. it works great!
Happy Smoking! Smokin Sid